The Bogberry upsets Famous Name
REPORT: LEOPARDSTOWN, Sunday
THE BOGBERRY came from last to first to capture the Group 3 At The Races Kilternan Stakes at the expense of the red-hot favourite, Prix du Jockey-Club runner-up Famous Name.
The Aidan O'Brien-trained son of Hawk Wing, a 7f winner on fast ground at Tipperary in June last year, had returned home lame from the Chesham Stakes last year.
Sent off at 9-1, he was unproven on this easier surface but to his credit he raised his game under Colm O'Donoghue to score by half-a-length from the 2-5 favourite.
"He deserved that win as he ran third in the Craven last April and picked up well when I asked him on ground that is a lot softer on the outside," said the winning rider.
Dermot Weld intends speaking to Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Khalid Abdullah, to find a Group 1 race for the runner-up before the end of the season.
"The race in France took a fair bit out of him which is why we took this option rather than go down theChampion Stakes road and he just got a little tired in that ground," said Weld.
Baliyana appreciated the drop back to maiden company and the surprisingly better ground when making all the running in the 7f maiden to initiate a 39-1 double for John Oxx and Mick Kinane.
"She improved a bit on better ground as it was very heavy the last day," said John Oxx. "Amazingly, the ground is as good as it is and I just can't understand it. She'll run in the Park Stakes in three weeks' time and she'll stay well next year."
Later in the day the Curragh trainer saddled two runners for the valuable Irish Stallion Farms Fillies Handicap including the well-backed 7-2 favourite Hadarama. She weakened to finish only ninth with her rider picking up a three-day whip ban as Masiyma collared Suailce on the line to snatch the pot.
"The short head went our way and we'll look for something similar for her as we have no plans at the moment to step her up to Listed class," said Oxx of the Aga Khan-owned winner.
David Marnane continued his tremendous run this year when registering his 20th winner of the season in the valuable 7f handicap.
For supporters of the progressive Maundy Money, who was seeking a four-timer here, things did not quite go according to plan as it was his stablemate and 20-1 outsider Rain Rush and Seamie Heffernan, who led home the one-two for the yard.
"The two of them had chances and we were unable to split them at home," admitted Marnane afterwards."They are both improving horses and Rain Rush has been unlucky with the ground and things like that this year. They'll both keep going and run again soon."
Tim Doyle intends running Belle's Ridge again soon after he denied Mull On The Run on the line under Billy Lee in the 1m1f handicap with long-time leader Lonesome Maverick third.
"He's a smashing horse who never runs a bad race and he likes good galloping tracks like here and the Curragh and he'll hopefully run again in one ofthose valuable handicaps before the end of the season."
Jim Bolger and Kevin Manning completed a day to remember when Vocalised justified favouritism in the 7f maiden. Bolger said: "Kevin said he ‘s green enough still and you have to bear in mind he's a very late May foal as well. I'd say there's a lot of improvement to come."
Jim Bolger and son-in-law Kevin Manning who combined to win the two big races on the day and added the 7f maiden for good measure afterwards
Switching days no help to the Tote
Despite the Jackpot swelling to €77,166 the Tote turnover was only €270,291 compared to €673,299 last year